Winding Down…or Winding Up?

Things have become very busy for me lately. It’s surprising how quickly things become busy as a school year winds down. If you’re reading this, it’s been a couple weeks since I posted, and I meant to get back to this quickly. Guess what? I got distracted.

So here I am, waiting for my car to finish being serviced at the dealership. It seemed like a good time to post after I completed some other online errands. It’s amazing how many online errands we have, isn’t it?

Check your email, submit work assignments via email, make reservations, surf social media, post on social media, and everything else that catches our attention. We’re always busy in our online lives.

Well, I’m finally winding down a bit at least in my work life. Why is that? Because tomorrow is my last day of work for six weeks! I’ll be completing a full year of teaching ESL and hopefully getting lots of time to myself to organize that horrible extra bedroom. Yes, you read that right.

I have yet to completely organize the extra bedroom of doom. I’ve made progress in other areas, though. I managed to go through every area of my wardrobe and thin it down immensely. On Monday, I took a car full of bags and boxes to the local organization that helps homeless people as a donation. And when I say a car full, I mean it. My trunk was packed, and I had to fill up the passenger seat with bags and boxes as well. When the man brought out the rolling bin to help me, I filled it to the top with no problem.

I plan to go through all the things in the extra bedroom and our storage closet, not to mention the additional things in my closet and weed out more donation items here during my summer break. I actually feel so much better about being more minimalist when I do this.

Speaking of weeding things out, Fernando and I bought some new dishes because our original set were becoming a bit frustrating to work with. Besides, we really like Fiestaware. I’m really just becoming my mother since she uses the same kind of dishes. In any event, I suppose it was expected that we would eventually get new dishes. We took the old ones, including some nice wine glasses and put them aside as a donation.

Now we’re making them a friend donation because a couple of our friends are moving back to the area after being in Hawaii in the army for the last couple of years. My friend was so excited about having actual dishes when she moves back I started thinking about what other things I could offer her from my stash of items that I no longer want. I think I like the idea of being able to give my things to someone I know who can use them better than I do just donating to an organization that resells them to random strangers. I know Fernando enjoys it.

The one thing I have been doing in my extra bedroom is organizing my school stuff. I spent a long time trying to put as many of my school supplies into a state of organization based on type of worksheet and what part of the curriculum I would use them. I did this over several days and finally got to the point where I could store everything outside of the rolling bin and lockbox I was assigned from the school system. It was good timing because I returned those to the supervisor yesterday in an attempt to be done with them early.

Phew! Writing all that out is tiring.

And, guess what?

Next week I have to spend my time cleaning and getting ready for a beach and Disney trip! I spent my morning here making dining reservations at Disney for our December trip there. But we actually plan to go to the beach with my parents for a few days and then drive further south to Disney after the beach trip.

I’m going to be very busy!

I won’t really get to relax till after our vacation. Isn’t that the way it always is?

– RaeNezL

Beginnings and Endings

Life is always full of beginnings and endings. We always watch as one door opens and another one closes. In the end, I think the best part is being able to look back and see the things that we experienced and smile at those experiences.

This week is a series of beginnings and endings for Fernando and myself. Perhaps for you, too.

I’ll start by saying that the world of social media is a great place to watch people take their steps from one ending to a new beginning. Just this week alone in my world of social media, I watched the following:

  • A friend moved to a new city in a new state.
  • A cousin had a first baby.
  • Another cousin became engaged.
  • A friend announced a first pregnancy.
  • A friend posted her engagement photos.

All those beginnings! And each of them marks the end of something, too, when you think about it.

Well, we had our own humble endings and beginnings this week.

Fernando finished out his last day in the fast food world on Sunday. It was, perhaps, not the best shift he could have had, but then again, it’s over. And that’s just it. It’s over!

Poof. One shift, and he never goes back to work there again. He left his keys in the safe, and that was that.

Then I had my own endings this week.

On Monday, I spent my day teaching my class and another teacher’s class because that teacher’s children were sick. Suffice it to say my best laid plans don’t always include teaching four different levels of students! But it all seemed to work out in the wash as I was even complimented by one of the students from the other class about how she enjoyed my class.

Wednesday marked the end of my class, however. It’s the end of a school year here, and while two of my classes will continue through June, this one will not. I said goodbye to my students and enjoyed one last class with my ladies in this class (all females at this point!). Some of them will take amazing trips this summer, and some will go back to their countries, either to visit or to return forever. But wherever they go, they will always hold a place in my heart, and I’m hoping to see them again sometime September when classes begin again.

It’s amazing to think that I started in this class in September and went the entire school year with them. I’m so proud of the work all the students in my class here have achieved. They’ve done so well, and some of them have gone so far just in one school year. But it’s come to a close and is time to move to a new beginning. I just haven’t decided what that is yet.

On the other hand, Fernando’s new beginning started the same day as my ending. Wednesday marked his first day at the internship! He was excited and had bought some new clothes so he could go properly dressed in his business casual attire. It’s now all about learning the ropes for him as he starts a totally new position. I couldn’t be more proud of him.

Beginnings and endings are the markers in our lives, and this week has been full of them. Have you had any beginnings and endings to share this week?

– RaeNezL